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'To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face' Gives Militia Movement History and Perspective
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"There are essential books those interested in truly understanding the militia and its relevance to our times need to have in their libraries. This is one of them..."
 

A passion rising
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"They're angry, and they’re getting organized."

"Groups once seen as fringe political outcasts are banding together, powered by what experts describe as an unprecedented fear of the federal government and disgust with the political climate." ...

"Some aren’t afraid to use the word militia."

"'We need to rob that word back from the people who villainize it,' said Schaeffer Cox, a 25-year-old from Fairbanks, Alaska, eliciting a roar of approval from the crowd in Post Falls Wednesday night."

"It was the second Freedom Festival held at the Post Falls Greyhound Park – evidence, some say, of a new rise of the militia movement in America, but one that blurs the line between extremism and mainstream." ...

 

Fighting Back: A Libertarian Analysis of Two Types of Forcible Resistance to the State
Submitted by: Larry

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... "The modern democratic state offers official means for redressing grievances without resort to violent self-help, but if these means are either too untimely or too ineffectual, recourse to force may be the only option left for resisting state action. If the official channels for petitioning the government are useless for effecting actual change, systematic, popular opposition with a more strategic focus may develop as a response."

"... In order for resisters to be judged favorably, the right to resist must stem from some other authority than that of the state. Traditional natural law theory provides one basis for individual rights apart from the state. Argumentation and estoppel theories also serve to animate individual rights." ...
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The extended family from Hell
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It would be conveniently tidy for the story of last month's Parkland police massacre to begin and end with recently-departed cop killer Maurice Clemmons; tidy for social apologists who never seem to run out of excuses for people like Clemmons, and tidy for people left in his wake."

"This is not a tidy world. If it were, Clemmons would still be in an Arkansas prison and the four police officers he gunned down would be looking forward to the holidays with their families."

"Clemmons, it is now evident, represents the tip of an iceberg that encompasses several relatives and some close friends; a group of individuals who – in the aftermath of the Nov. 29 murders – treated and helped hide the gunman while lying to police ..." ...
 

A gun case or Pandora's box?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Many have heard about the historic gun rights case going to the Supreme Court. Fewer have heard that this is also a major case for businesses and family values. It could lead to anything from court-ordered Obamacare to same-sex marriage. This is the biggest case of the year, and everyone has a stake in it." ...
 

The Right to Bear Arms: Does the Second Amendment Apply in Chicago?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "Through a series of legal decisions handed down over the past century, the Supreme Court has gradually held that most of the protections in the Bill of Rights apply to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment, which declares, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The Second Amendment, however, has been glaringly absent from this process, leaving state and local governments free to systematically violate gun rights."

"Until now." ...
 

Giving Thanks – At An Appleseed Shooting Event
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on our blessings, including the blessings of liberty and on the sacrifices our forebears made for us."

"With that in mind, son Brandon and I wrapped up our Thanksgiving observations slung into battle rifles on the firing line at the beautiful, newly remodeled and re-christened Joe Foss Shooting Complex near Buckeye, Arizona."

"As I concentrated on sight picture, breathing and trigger control, I was truly thankful."

"Over the past four years ... a group that goes by the delightfully seditious name of 'Revolutionary War Veterans Association' has spread across the country with a simple but ambitious goal: To turn the United States once again into a nation of riflemen. ..." ...
 

Poll Shows NRA Members Are More Moderate Than Their Leaders, Support Some Restrictions On Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Since the 2008 presidential campaign season, gun associations have been fear-mongering about President Obama to boost their membership, increase their relevancy, and fuel gun sales. The National Rifle Association (NRA) claimed that Obama has a 'a deep-rooted hatred of firearm freedoms' and spent tens of millions of dollars during the campaign lobbying against Obama trying to portray him as a threat to the Second Amendment. Even during the transition, the NRA claimed that Obama was discriminating against gun owners in his hiring for government positions." ...
 

'Guns on trains' law brings usual rhetoric
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Sensationalism sells. We all know that. I've been writing long enough to know that a good headline can be important for piquing enough interest for a person to read an article. However, when it comes to the Wicker amendment, big media doesn't seem content to leave the sensationalism in the title." ...
 

Lisa Ling exposes dangerous drug war in Arizona (video)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Submitter's Note: Wait until the end of the video. More "fair and balanced" discourse from the media.
 

FL: Palm Bay, Florida Homeowner Surprises Teen Burglars
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Some accused teen burglars are lucky to be alive, police say, after they broke into a Brevard County house whose homeowner had guns. Investigators say they are working to find out if the teenagers are responsible for any of the dozens of home break-ins plaguing Palm Bay in the past few weeks." ...

"... Homeowner Rodney Halfhide says he was taking a nap in his bedroom when he got the rude awakening around 10:00am Wednesday morning."

"'The screen popped out then I heard the blinds move and that was it, she was inside the house. I was like, 'What?' he described."

"Halfhide immediately grabbed his handgun next to his bed and chased the girl out the back door of his house. ..." ...
 

FL: Orange County, Florida Couple Fights Back Against Ambush
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"An Orange County couple is recovering from a terrifying shoot-out with a robber. The couple was jumped at the gate of their Ocoee subdivision late Tuesday night, not far from the Gas Food and Go convenience store they own on Silver Star Road in Pine Hills." ...

"Police said the robber ran to the passenger side and tried to grab a bag of cash from Phai’s wife, Thach. Officers said the robber struggled with Thach and his gun fired once, hitting her in the right shoulder. Her husband woke up and fought back with his gun. 'He has two guns on him. He pulls one and aims it at the bad guy,' Bryant said. The robber took off without the bag of cash. The victims drove home and called 911."
 

CA: Alamo, California Jeweler Shoots Robber
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In a botched robbery Thursday night, a suspect shot a jewelry store employee who returned fire and shot the male robber, a sheriff’s spokesman said."

"The shooting reportedly occurred at 7:15 p.m. during an attempted robbery at Alamo Jewelry Mart, 3189 Danville Blvd. The victim, a 53-year-old Hercules resident, who was shot in the upper torso, was rushed to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, investigators said, and was in fair condition."

"Once police arrived, the suspect, who also was shot, holed himself in the store, holding a handgun to his own head, said Contra Costa sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee. ..." ...
 

MI: Pittsfield Township, Michigan Confrontation Leads To Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Investigators say they've uncovered evidence that a Pittsfield Township homeowner was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot another man outside his home Wednesday morning."

"Both men were armed when they got into a dispute, police revealed this afternoon."

"The accused shooter, Adham Mofiid Abu Farha, 34, was released from the Washtenaw County Jail this afternoon as police continue to investigate the shooting outside Farha’s home in the Arbor Creek subdivision." ...
 

TX: Nacogdoches County, Texas Home Invader Shot
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A man is in custody after he killed four horses before he attempted to invade a home before the homeowner shot him."

"Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss said the suspect went on a shooting spree on County Road 232 in Nacogdoches County. The suspect shot and killed four horses on two properties in the area, before he tried to break into a home."

"Steven Spradley is in custody at a Nacogdoches hospital, listed in stable condition. ..."

"Kerss said Spradley shot the four horses before knocking on the door of one neighbor and yelling at him that he was going to kill him. The neighbor instead shot Spradley in the lower torso."
 

Two things: My faithful Gateway is dead. And, I need some help replacing it
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"My faithful Gateway is dead, aged 7 years, two months. May it go it IT heaven in reward for its faithful exertions on our behalf."

"Unfortunately, I lack the resources to replace it. Fortunately I have a good friend who has offered to do so."

"However, this man has already done too much. He would say not, but he has, and that's the truth. ..." ...

"I cannot tell you how humbled I am by folks' generosity when they have understood a need. I have never solicited funds before and frankly am ashamed that I am now. But, I am on diasability and though my wife works, she previously was required to take a cut in pay ..."

"And, unless Absolved is successful beyond my expectations, I will be unable to pay anybody back ..." ...
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Editor's Note: We do not usually publish solicitations of this nature, but given Mike's activism and contributions to gun rights (and the fact that I want him to get 'Absolved' finished so I can read it) I felt he was worthy of an exception.
 

House approves allowing checked guns on Amtrak
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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The House approved a federal spending package Thursday that includes a provision to allow Amtrak passengers to bring guns on board in checked baggage.

Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, who introduced the proposal early this year, praised the House action."

"'This strong bipartisan measure is an essential part of the effort to reclaim our Second Amendment rights, which have been eroded over the years by activist judges and liberal lawmakers,' Fleming said in a statement Thursday." ...

"Under the provision, guns in checked baggage carried aboard Amtrak trains would have to be unloaded, declared and stored in a locked special container. Amtrak has a year to implement the change." ...
 

Touting vets' gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Legislation allowing veterans classified as 'mentally defective' to buy firearms is drawing sharp criticism from gun-control advocates, but proponents argue that it is not as risky as it may sound."

"Eighteen senators have endorsed the measure. It would require a legal authority to find veterans are a danger to themselves or others before their names are put in the national criminal background check system and they are prohibited from purchasing a gun."

"'Our veterans took an oath to uphold the Constitution, and they deserve to enjoy the rights they fought so hard to protect,' said the bill's author, Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican." ...
 

WI: There's a new judge in town
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gary Sherman….Gary Sherman….Gary Sherman. I should know that name."

"Now I remember Gary Sherman was the critical vote needed desperately by Governor Doyle to preserve open carry in Wisconsin five years ago."

"He is the Assembly Representative who voted for SB214 and then switched his vote against it to sustain the Governor's veto of SB214. ..."

"Why would Representative Sherman switch his vote to kill legislation he has claimed to staunchly support you ask?"

"No one really knows for sure except for the Governor and Representative Sherman. However the Governor has just appointed Representative Sherman to the Wisconsin District IV Court of Appeals." ...
 

MO: Missouri to introduce Firearms Freedom Act
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Missouri State Representative Cynthia Davis (R-19th District) has pre-filed (introduced for the 2010 session, in other words) Missouri House Bill 1230, the 'Firearms Freedom Act.'"

"Here's the summary:"
"This bill establishes the Missouri Firearms Freedom Act. In its main provisions, the bill:"

"(1) Asserts the right of the State of Missouri to regulate the intrastate use and acquisition of certain firearms pursuant to the reserved powers of the state over intrastate commerce and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms;"

"(2) Specifies that certain personal firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition manufactured in Missouri will not be subject to federal law or regulation;
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Wanted Fugitive Worked for Homeland Security Department, Despite National Arrest Warrant
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Prosecutors don't understand how a fugitive wanted in New Jersey worked for the Homeland Security Department in Georgia despite a nationwide alert for her arrest."

"Tahaya Buchanan was sought on a 2007 indictment on charges of staging the theft of her Range Rover."

"Paul Loriquet of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta was unaware of the 39-year-old's status even after Buchanan was arrested in July during a traffic stop in which police noticed the warrant." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

LA: AG backs NOPD on evidence money
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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The state attorney general has ruled that money missing from the New Orleans Police Department's evidence room was not public property and Superintendent Warren Riley was not required to report the loss to the legislative auditor. The ruling, released on Wednesday, was requested by Riley in response to a letter written by Legislative Auditor Steve Theriot to city officials. Theriot's highly critical report said New Orleans Police Department officials ran a haphazard property and evidence room from which more than $200,000 went missing after 2005's Hurricane Katrina, and later failed to notify the proper authorities in writing of the missing money.
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

November ranks among top ten all time for background checks on firearms; 2009 up 12.9% over 2008
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,223,252 checks in November 2009, ranking the month in the top 10 for most NICS checks of all time."

"This figure, while being a 20 percent decrease from the record high 1,529,635 checks in November 2008 -- the start of the ongoing surge in firearm and ammunition sales -- is an increase of 13.3 percent over reported checks in November 2007."

"Year-to-date background checks for 2009 total 12,626,669, an increase of 12.9 percent over the same time period last year." ...
 

MI: Concealed weapon permit requests rising
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Concerns surrounding the Second Amendment under a new administration in Washington D.C. has resulted in an increase the number of permits issued for carrying a concealed weapon (CCW)."

"Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich said for December alone, there was a significant increase in the number of permits sought combined with those who were renewing the four year permit."

"'The law was changed in July 2001, allowing people to apply for a concealed weapon permit,' said Kolich. 'Since that time, this office has issued approximately 1,300 permits representing 3 percent of the population of Delta County.'" ...
 

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